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Undiagnosed Ear Pain

  • Posted By: stephany78
  • October 31, 2006
  • 07:54 AM


I've had pain in my left ear since about my mid-teens (about 30 years.) When my ear hurts, a migraine often follows. I also have a "pit" in the left side of my throat. I'm told that it's a leftover from my tonsilectomy at the age of 8. It often fills up with a foul smelling curd like discharge. When the "pit" is full it often makes my ear pain worse. As I've gotten older, the pain has continued to get worse. I now have it 100% of the time at varying degrees of discomfort. I've been to urgent care several times over the last three years and have had several diagnosis. I was misdiagnosed with a cholostiotoma (spelling?), a small tumor behind the ear drum. Then my doctor sent me to my dentist for a night guard siting TMJ. I've been wearing the night guard for about two months now, but no relief. As the weather gets colder, my ear hurts more. It's like there's a painful, open sore down deep inside my ear. My coworkers often ask me why I'm holding my hand over my ear and sometimes it's hard to sleep. I'm seriously considering going to Urgent Care every day it hurts me until someone can figure it out! I have seen an EMT, a neurologist, my GP, and a chiropractor. Any ideas? Please!!

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  • I have a similar problem,its very aggravating,thats why I came to this site today,looking to solve it,I hope someone knows,good luck.
    ugotz2know 2 Replies
    • November 6, 2006
    • 02:55 AM
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  • I suggest you definitely go to Urgent Care until someone does something for you. An MRI, not a CT, would be ideal when you have that pit fill up with foul discharge, that way the MRI will definitely show the extent of the holding capacity of the pit and where its placing pressure. You shouldn't be having all this pain and trouble from tonsil removal unless it hadn't been performed properly, if it was done badly may be there is something a surgeon can rectify.In the meantime put some witch hazel in your ear to lower infection. It will sting but it isn't causing harm, it is just the alcohol in it. I put this in my quadriplegics ears when she had a hole in the ear drum from gromits as a child. The hole healed and she hasn't had anymore ear infections. Witch hazel is really good to flush out the ear also.All the bestAgape,searchingsam
    searchingsam 54 Replies
    • December 9, 2006
    • 05:47 AM
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  • You Guys Need To Go See And Ent Doctor Imediately..especially The Foul Smellimg Odor.. I Have The Same Problem With The "pits" Please Go See One U Will Have Surgery.. But It Will Stop.. The Pain And The Smelll- Take My Advice!!!!!
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